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Festivals & events

21 November 2005 à 13:02

India: French presence at the IFFI - “Rendez-vous with French Cinema in Goa”

French films will be in the limelight at the 36th International Film Festival of India in Goa (November 24 through December 24, 2005), spurred on by the French Embassy and in coordination with Unifrance.
"I am delighted that the French presence at this year’s IFFI will be larger than it has ever been. Thanks to our teams' joint efforts, a dozen French productions will be showcased at this 36th edition of the IFFI, and more than 10 delegates will be coming from France to attend the festival," says Dominique Girard, French Ambassador in India. The delegation will be composed of a representative panel of French professionals, ranging from internationally renowned directors like Alain Corneau, and Oscar-winner Régis Wargnier, to high-ranking decision makers like Véronique Cayla, director general of the CNC (Centre National de la Cinématographie, a public body that handles French Government entertainment industry policy), and Jérôme Paillard, Executive Director of the Cannes Market. Actor-director Alain Chabat and top model turned actress Noémie Lenoir (L'OREAL worldwide brand Ambassador) will bring a glamorous dimension to the event, both present at the festival to introduce “Asterix & Obelix: Mission Cleopatra” on the occasion of the movie’s red carpet “Indian Premiere” on December 2. This film is to be distributed by Innovision Communications).

His Excellency, Dominique Girard, French Ambassador in India, will be hosting a reception December 2 in honor of the 2005 IFFI and the international delegations present, and is expected to make announcements regarding Indo-French initiatives in the movie sector.

Two journalists from major French publications will also be joining the delegation, which is the largest foreign delegation this year. The presence of French films at this event will be particularly strong from November 30 to December 5. Régis Wargnier will not only be in Goa to present his latest film, "Man to Man" (Berlin International Film Festival opening film). He is also attending the event as a representative of Unifrance's President Margaret Menegoz, and will travel to Mumbai following the Festival with the aim of exploring new opportunities for future Indo-French commercial cooperation.

Tribute to Isabelle Huppert: 6 films
- "La Dentellière" ("The Lace Maker") by Claude Goretta (1977/100’)
- "Madame Bovary" by Claude Chabrol (1991/136’)
- "La Séparation" ("The Separation") by Christian Vincent (1994/90’)
- "La Cérémonie" ("The Ceremony") by Claude Chabrol (1995/111’)
- "Saint-Cyr" ("The King’s Daughters") by Patricia Mazuy (2000/119’)
- "La Pianiste" ("The Piano Teacher") by Michael Haneke (2001/130’): Cannes Film Festival award-winner – 2001

World Cinema Section:
- "Les Mots Bleus" ("Words in Blue") by Alain Corneau (2005/114’)
- "Man to Man" by Régis Wargnier (2005/122’) – Opening film, Berlin Film Festival – 2005
- "Asterix & Obelix: Mission Cleopatra" by Alain Chabat (2002/107’): Indian Première – Most outstanding commercial success in France in 2003
- "Vera Drake" by Mike Leigh (2005/125’)
- "Caché" ("Hidden") by Michel Haneke (2005/115’) – presented at Cannes 2005
- "Rois et Reine" ("Kings and Queen") by Arnaud Despleschin (2004/150’)
- "L’Enfant" ("The Child") by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne (2005/115’): winner of the Palme d’Or, Cannes 2005
- "Lemming" by Dominik Moll (2005 / 129’), presented at Cannes 2005
- "The Beat That My Heart Skipped" by Jacques Audiard (2005 / 107’), Silver Bear Award, Berlin 2005

Alain Corneau, director of "Words in Blue" and Jury Member of the IFFI 2005
Régis Wargnier, director of "Man to Man" and Unifrance Representative
Alain Chabat, actor and director of "Asterix & Obelix: Mission Cleopatra"
Noémie Lenoir, actress in "Asterix & Obelix: Mission Cleopatra"
Véronique Cayla, director general, Centre National de la Cinématographie (CNC)
Jérôme Paillard, director, Cannes Market
Thierry Fremaux, director, Cannes Film Festival
Carole Baraton, sales manager, Wild Bunch
Ariane Fert, journalist, Ecran-Total
Michèle Darmon, press attaché
Etienne Dubaille, director – Production, Chez Wam

For further details:
Reghu Devaraj - Deputy Audiovisual Attaché - Film, TV & Radio Department, Cultural Section of the French Embassy in India
2, Aurangzeb Road - New Delhi - 110011 - Tel : 91 11 30 41 00 00 / 30 41 00 14 - Fax : 91 11 30 41 00 09 - email:
Mohamed Bendjebbour - Audiovisual Attaché - Film, TV & Radio Department, Cultural Section of the French Embassy in India - email: website:

Author : Communications

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